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ABREU, Fabrício Santos Dias de; SILVA, Daniele Nunes Henrique  e  ZUCHIWSCHI, José. Deaf and homosexuals: the discovery of silenced trajectories. Temas psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.23, n.3, pp. 607-620. ISSN 1413-389X.

The studies on the expression of deaf people sexuality are scarce (rare) and usually they do not emphasize the issues concerning the sexual and love attachment out of the heteronormative main stream. In order to fill the lack of research in this area, the present article investigates the deaf people narratives on their primary homosexual experiences and their strugle against the double prejudice: on being deaf and homosexual. This research is part of a qualitative approach, having as methodological instrument the semi-structured interviews. The data reveal that the homosexual condition of the deaf people is still little understood on account of many doubts, prejudices and myths about their sexual and emotional attachment experiences. Moreover, the narratives of the interviewees showed that their first same sexual relation, without their consent, occurred into their familiar and domestic environment (home and school), fact that becomes the essencial basis for the constitutional process of their further sexuality. These issues point to the need for an extension of the investigations considering the emotional aspects, language and the construction of sexual identity interface. In addition, it suggests a special attention for the deaf people, due to their specific language characteristics and their social vulnerability, as well as the need for the development of effective public policies for this social group.

Palavras-chave : Deafness; homosexuality; narrative; prejudice.

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